Transforming Agriculture, Perennially
Careers at The Land Institute

Careers at The Land Institute

The Land Institute is working on a solution to one of humankind’s most critical challenges: how to produce food without destroying precious soil, water, and ecological resources.

The long-term, game-changing nature of our mission is both challenging and fulfilling. Our people reflect the values of the prairie: diverse and perennial. Our staff members have come from several continents to The Land Institute’s modest home in Salina, Kansas to transform agriculture worldwide. For many it becomes a lifelong career. More than a few have been involved with — and have evolved with — The Land Institute for decades.

Jobs at The Land Institute include scientists and field and research technicians as well as positions in farm operations, fundraising, communications, marketing, finance and administrative.


Current Job Openings at The Land Institute

Click the links below for full position description and information.

Perennial Grain Crop Protection Ecologist

The Land Institute is creating a Crop Protection Ecologist position to build a long-term research program focused on managing pathogen and/or insect populations in herbaceous, perennial grain cropping systems. Researchers who hold a Ph.D. in a relevant field such as plant pathology, entomology, insect ecology, community ecology, genetics, breeding, and agroecology are encouraged to apply. Competence in statistics and experimental design are essential. Experience with modelling will be viewed favorably.

Administrative Assistant to the President Emeritus

The Administrative Assistant to the President Emeritus will provide full time clerical and administrative support for the President Emeritus of The Land Institute, Wes Jackson. The primary focus for the President Emeritus is a program called Ecosphere Studies, and the Administrative Assistant will work closely with that program’s staff members and with administrative, development, and financial staff members at The Land Institute to help create seamless teamwork.

Development Associate

The Development Associate supports the development team through logistical planning, scheduling, travel arrangements, grant organization and general coordination duties. The role also entails welcoming guests, managing common areas within the offices and general office tasks.


Don’t see a position that fits your skill set? Feel free to submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to gro.e1502948698tutit1502948698snidn1502948698al@sr1502948698eerac1502948698 and we will keep your information on file for future employment opportunities

Internships at The Land Institute

With thousands of experimental plots and tens of thousands of experimental plants, our permanent research staff can’t always keep up. Every year we rely on seasonal interns to help us out. All internships are paid positions. Although interns are often students, we consider adult applicants of any age and background.

Our interns gain valuable insight into the research programs of The Land Institute while assisting in the fields, seed processing facilities, and labs. Fieldwork includes hoeing, transplanting, and sampling alongside preeminent scientists working to develop Natural Systems Agriculture. Summer interns enjoy seminars with the staff and visiting scientists, but the majority of learning is gained from hands-on work with the research programs. Keep in mind that although the fieldwork is satisfying, it also can be physically challenging.

Applications are closed for Summer 2017 internships.

Graduate Students and Post-Doctoral Fellows

The Perennial Agriculture Project, a joint-project of Malone Family Land Preservation Foundation and The Land Institute, has an Individual Grants Program that awards grants to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at partner institutions throughout the United States.

For more information, please contact Project Operations Director Rachel Stroer at gro.e1502948698tutit1502948698snidn1502948698al@re1502948698orts1502948698.


Apply for a position at The Land Institute today by sending your resume and cover letter to gro.e1502948698tutit1502948698snidn1502948698al@sr1502948698eerac1502948698

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